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UN Secretary-General Report on post-2015

The UN Secretary-General published his synthesis report on the post 2015 agenda, entitled The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the PlanetIn the report, the Secretary-General proposes an integrated set of six essential elements: dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership; however, there is no reference to higher education.

Read the report here.

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Tragic death of Dr. Alejandro Chao and Sara Chao

The International Association of Universities expresses its deepest sorrow upon learning of the brutal killing of Dr. Alexandro Chao Barona and his wife Sara Rojas Chao oin their home. Both were personally known to and greatly admired by the IAU Secretariat and the Reference Group on HEEFA.

Dr. Chao distinguished himself as a tireless social activist for the recognition and preservation of indigenous knowledge and languages in his local community of Morelos and internationally. Widely respected, he served over 36 years  at the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos (UAEM), as professor and founding director of the Directorate of Community Development. He was also one of the founding members of the IAU Reference Group on HEEFA, successfully championing higher education EFA engagement within his home state of Morelos. 

He and his wife will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Dr. Alejandro Chao Barona

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Call for proposals: Creative Engagements: Thinking With Children

The multi and interdisciplinary research project, Creative Engagements: Thinking With Children, is accepting papers, presentations, reports, and workshops for its 9th Global Conference to be held in 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.

This international project seeks to explore the concept of genuine “engagement” within the overarching framework of “creativity”. Recognizing the many facets of “creative engagement” and the ideals and ideas associated with children, childhood and learning, the project is grounded in an inter-disciplinary perspective and research. Some of the broader areas of reference have been, and continue to be historical and contemporary representations of childhood, the complex issues surrounding the notion and practices of creative engagement in the context of pedagogy and the curriculum, changing technologies and frequently instrumental institutional imperatives and changes. More generally, this project will also address the role of creativity in social interaction, with particular reference to children's development of life skills, autonomy and independence in an increasingly complex and demanding world.

Deadline: 11 October 2013
Website: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/education/creative-engagements-thinking-with-children/call-for-papers/

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Calls for expression of interest: Book project

Early Childhood and Social Change. UNA Global Initiative for Children and Ethic Diversity and Macquarie University are looking for participants for their unique book project involved in an early childhood service, programme or project which has had a significant impact on community (or regional) development and improvement.

Criteria for participation
Participants involved in an early childhood service, program or project which has had a significant impact on community (or regional) development and improvement. That is, the service or project has impacted upon the quality of people’s lives, the nature of people’s participation in development activities, the facilitation of community organisations and /or other sustainable, social changes.

In particular, examples from under resourced, disrupted, or fragile contexts and/or examples relating to marginalised groups. For example, in Australia exists stories whereby early childhood programs were the impetus for integrating refugee families into the community, thus overcoming ethnic biases and stigma.

Project description
The project involves the following stages:

1) Interested parties submit the Expression of Interest form
2) Participants are invited to participate in online conversations, culminating in a focus group meeting whereby experiences and stories will be presented and ‘domains of change’ identified. The venue for the focus group meeting has not been determined but we anticipate that it will take place in a region which is experiencing significant social change.
3) Following the meeting, narratives will be developed from each participant. This process may include further interviews and/or survey questionnaires to extract common themes from participant experiences and stories.
4) Narratives will be developed into chapters within a book format.
5) Additional chapters which describe the role of early childhood within a framework of social change and which articulate lessons learnt from the narratives will be added to the book.

The book will be submitted for publication.

Deadline for proposals: 15 July


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Call for participation: Universities and science communication with children

The European Children’s University Network (EUCU.NET) and the Sis Catalyst actively engage HE institutions and researchers to draw children and young people in science and to develop cooperation among participating institutions and the state. Academics are invited to submit papers for the next SiS Catalyst and EUCU.NET Joint Conference: Truth or Dare? Dilemmas in science communication with children.

Three thematic strands are:

  • Right to Lecture? - Integrity of HE Institutions and Researchers
  • How to swallow the Bitter Pill? - Methods for Taking Responsibility and Delivering Messages
  • Too Young to Catch? - Developmental Psychological Aspects in Science Communication for children

Deadline for submission: 18 July

Where: Lodz, Poland
When: 23-26 October

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HE in the post-2015 education agenda

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has recommended for the inclusion of quality of higher education as a goal in the post-2015 education agenda and advocates for explicit recognition of higher education in the post-2015 development agenda. Read two of IIE blogs on higher education and the post-2015 education agenda.
What will 2015 mean for higher education?: http://www.iie.org/Blog/2013/May/UNESCO-MDG-Higher-Education
Higher education Access and Opportunity: http://www.iie.org/Blog/2013/May/Higher-Ed-Millenium-Development-Goals

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Call for Participation: IAU Workshop on HEEFA

The International Association of Universities (IAU) is seeking partner institutions/organisations within its Membership to organise one of the four IAU Collaborative Workshops: A three-step activity to envisage Higher Education for Education for All locally. Workshops will be held in 2013 or 2014.

Since 2005, IAU has been advocating for and advancing the idea for the need of greater inclusion of higher education in the United Nations Education for All (EFA) initiative, both at the global and local levels. In view of this objective, the Workshop brings together high-level representatives from the higher education and research community, the Ministry of Education and other levels/sectors of education, civil society and UNESCO. Challenged to think out of box, participants reflect on their own experience, analyse the local context, and collectively development a concrete plan for a way forward to ensure greater higher education input in achieving EFA. This Workshop is part of the more comprehensive IAU Project on higher education for EFA (HEEFA).

Interested Member institutions/organisations must be located in a non-OECD country.
Working language is English or French.

Interested parties are invited to go to the IAU Call for Participation and to return a completed application form.

To learn more about the HEEFA Project and the previous Workshops, please visit the IAU HEEFA Website.

Deadline for applications: 30 April

Contact: Nadja Kymlicka (n.kymlicka@iau-aiu.net) or Isabelle Turmaine (i.turmaine@iau-aiu.net)

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Higher education recognized as a stakeholder by NGOs

IAU has successfully advocated that higher education be considered a stakeholder in achieving EFA at the 6th Meeting of the UNESCO Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education For All (CCNGO/EFA) held on 24-26 October in Paris. Convened to reinforce efforts to achieve EFA, the Meeting’s outcomes were:

  • A collective analysis of the main EFA challenges and achievements;
  • Recommendations for overcoming the identified challenges and for further leveraging positive processes at national, regional and international level;
  • Recommendations for a post-2015 education and development agenda.

It ended with the adoption of the 2012 Declaration, Pushing EFA Through 2015, which recognized “There needs to be an accelerated push by all stakeholders, including the higher education sector…” (Article 14)

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IAU elected to Coordination Committee of the UNESCO Collective Consultation of NGOs on EFA

IAU is pleased to announce that IAU has been elected to the Coordination Committee of the UNESCO Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education For All (CCNGO/EFA). Isabelle Turmaine presented IAU’s candidature at the 6th CCNGO/EFA Meeting held on 24-26 October which was than put to the vote by participants. The 10-member Coordination Committee will be responsible to propose a biennial work-plan leading up to the 2015 target deadline for EFA and the MDGs; collaborate with UNESCO in the coordination and follow-up of the work-plan and CCNGO/EFA activities; identify opportunities for joint action and advocacy between UNESCO and CCNGO/EFA; facilitate communication between the CCNGO/EFA and UNESCO. This marks yet another important step of the growing recognition by UNESCO and the international civil society of the contribution higher education can make to achieving EFA.

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HEEFA Second Capacity Building Session

The HEEFA capacity building session, Envisaging a global initiative locally, successfully completed!

Following the heels of the capacity building in Mexico, the second session in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso convened invited representatives from the Universities of Ouagadougou and Koudougou and the Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso to work collectively for the first time with different local EFA stakeholders. 40 participants were challenged to “think out of the box” and see universities in a new light in order to strengthen higher education’s contribution in Burkina Faso’s efforts to achieve EFA.

Other participants included representatives from the Ministry of Basic Education and Literacy, primary and secondary schools, parent and student associations and the Director of the Regional UNESCO Office who is also a member of the IAU Reference Group on Higher Education and EFA.

Held on 8-9 July, this session provided a unique opportunity for many participants. Working in groups, participants reflected upon and exchanged ideas regarding a questionnaire developed by the IAU on potential links between higher education and EFA. The workshops were carried out in three steps: first, a thesis was developed on how to reinforce higher education in EFA, followed by an anti-thesis which included counter arguments and new propositions, and then a synthesis of the two previous workshops. A final consensus on the replies was reached during the plenary session which fostered the development and validation of recommendations for future actions to draw higher education more closely in EFA.

Download working documents to read more about the programme and participants (In French).

The capacity building session was organised in cooperation with the University of Ouagadougou and the Ministry of Basic Education and Literacy.

Interested in organising a capacity building session at your university? Contact i.turmaine(at)iau-aiu.net

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IAU Innovation Conference on HE and EFA/Related MDGs

Updates on the generic Project from which the HEEFA Portal is issued: The bilingual report and English report of the IAU Innovation Conference on HE and EFA/related MDGs held at UNESCO, Paris, France on 2-3 December 2010 are available.

The Conference aims were two-folded:
- to evaluate the progress made for improved inclusion of higher education/research in EFA and related MDGs;
- to review the project’s outcomes, discuss issues and constraints, and explore ways forward. A summary in English of the project’s outcomes is available.

Parallel sessions included the themes of Research for EFA and Community Services/Knowledge Diffusion for EFA. It closed with a special plenary session to explore what are the links between higher education and the other sectors of education to respond to needs in a natural disaster, starting from an examination of Haiti with first-hand accounts from Haitian and Caribbean universities.

50 experts and representatives from international organisations, NGOs and development agencies were invited. The Conference was conducted in French and English with simultaneous interpretation being provided.

The Conference ended with a unanimous call from participants for the ongoing need to support and promote the role of HE in EFA and related MDGs, and a collective recommendation that IAU continue its endeavours in this field.

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HEEFA goes to Nepal and Kenya!

The IAU Collaborative Workshop, A three-step activity to discuss links between HE and EFA locally, is being organised in collaboration with the Tribhuvan University will be conducted on 6-7 December in Kathmandu, Nepal. A second Workshop organised with the University of Nairobi, will take place on 24-25 January 2013. It was set for October 2012 but was postponed due to strikes in the Kenya education sector. Both universities are IAU Members. Read more about the project here.

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HEEFA Capacity Building Session

A round of applause
The very first IAU capacity building session entitled Envisaging a global initiative locally, was a resounding success! Over 100 invited participants exchanged ideas on how to reinforce higher education involvement in local EFA-related activities. It ended with the adoption of the Cuernavaca Declaration which recognized the importance of EFA and the need to implicate higher education in EFA activities. Linked to EFA priorities identified during the session, several committees were also established with the mandate to map out the steps to concretely draw in higher education in EFA movement.
Among the participants, 16 higher education institutions were represented, along with members from the local and national governmental education bodies, UNESCO, local NGOs, schools and students. The session was designed around three rotating workshops linked to university’s three missions – research; teaching and learning; community – and included a presentation on HEEFA.  
HEEFA extends a big congratulations to all participants and to the Universidad autonoma del Estado de Morelos and the local NGO, Red de Cooperación Interinstitucional for their support in organising this event.
Held in Spanish, this first capacity building served as a pilot for the next session, soon to follow in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 8-9 July. The second session is being organised in cooperation with the University of Ouagadougou and The Ministry of Basic Education.
Interested in organising a capacity building session at your university? Contact i.turmaine(at)iau-aiu.net

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Universities' Social Responsibility and EFA and related MDGs

The IAU shared its work and perspective on how university social responsibility can help to address the education-related MDGs and EFA at the 2nd Asia-Europe Education Workshop, Knowledge Societies: Universities and their Social Responsibilities, held in Innsbruck, Austria, 5-7 June. Click here to read more about the latest news in June's issue of the HEEFA Newsletter.

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New Reference Group on higher education for EFA

IAU is pleased to announce the new composition of the Reference Group on higher education for EFA. After reviewing received calls of interest, IAU welcomes 13 new members to the Group, who bring new perspectives from all five continents: 5 experts from Africa; 3 experts from Asia and the Americas respectively, and 2 European experts. Created in 2007, the Reference Group serves as an advisory group to develop, implement and communicate IAU activities conducted within a comprehensive multi-year project on this topic. The 2012-2015 Group will be greater engaged in the building of capacities, commitment and community for increased higher education participation for achieving the EFA goals.
Learn more about the Members and Group's activities

Interested in joining the community? Learn more about the project activities and the Reference Group. Contact: Nadja Kymlicka or Isabelle Turmaine, IAU Director, Information Centre and Communication Services.